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ERIC Number: EJ1111895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1535-0517
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"I Wish That I Could Belong": An Intercultural Play about Adapting to Life in the US
Gabay, Lea
CATESOL Journal, v26 n1 p150-167 2014
This article provides an in-depth analysis of a play that I wrote centering on 4 international students' experiences studying and living in the US. It consists of 5 scenes, which delve into the topics of cultural differences, first impressions of the US, university systems, friendship, time and personal space, stereotyping and discrimination, and culture shock. Central to this article was highlighting the rationale behind this play and the reflective processes that were instrumental to creating the story line, script, and characters. Moreover, the objective of this play is to promote intercultural awareness through drama in order to strengthen students' relationships with each other and to foster dialogue. By incorporating materials that focus on cross-cultural communication into curricula designed for English immersion programs, I hope that students will develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for cultural differences. A suggested lesson plan regarding ways of teaching the play is included in this article as a means of showing the stages that lead to a final performance performed by the students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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